[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: Eight Ways to Model Technology Use

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed May 15 10:37:13 EDT 2013


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ITEM:  Eight Ways to Model Technology Use

By  Ulyesses Blankenship, Dean of Students at Auburndale Senior High School in Auburndale, Florida.

One way school leaders can ensure technology gets into classrooms is to show how they use it themselves.

A well-kept secret in the main office is that principals can (and should) teach, too. In a well-led school, all members of the school community will see the principal in teaching action. This should include teaching with technology, because setting an example as a principal is important when it comes to preparing students to be tech-savvy citizens. Afshari and colleagues claim that "the leadership role of the principal is the single most important factor affecting the successful integration of technology."1

School leaders should take every opportunity they can to show publicly that they value technology. Principals should incorporate technology into such everyday tasks as completing observations or giving presentations. Classroom modeling-delivering demonstration lessons in which students effectively learn through using technology-is an even more direct approach.

Here are eight ways school leaders can meaningfully show that they value technology in schools.

1.    Use e-mails and social media creatively.

2.    Deliver dynamic presentations.

3.    Use mobile technology in walk-throughs.

4.    Skype in speakers.

5.    Participate in a technology team.

6.    Emphasize technology in the budget.

7.    Set up observation opportunities.

8.    Troubleshoot publicly.

Read the full article in Educational Leadership from ASCD at  http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr13/vol70/num07/Eight-Ways-to-Model-Technology-Use.aspx

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